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De La Salle at the Da Vinci Decathlon

On Monday 9 May eight high achieving students from Year 7 represented the College in the Da Vinci Decathlon. A fitting name for a national cross curricula competition aimed at all round excellence, it is a unique annual event targeting problem solving skills across all domains of education.

Competing against 20 teams from other secondary schools at Camberwell Grammar, the boys were challenged to complete multiple tasks based on mathematics, English, science, philosophy, creative art and drama, cartography, code breaking, general knowledge and technology. Often breaking into small groups and switching between multiple tasks, these students toiled away fighting time, often challenging their best and complementing each other in various disciplines. The students received comments on their excellent behaviour and the quality of tasks submitted. Only in our second year of participation, the team showed tremendous application of knowledge and skills to obtain an overall standing of eighth out of 21 teams from other secondary schools. The boys tasted success multiple times on the day, winning first prize for general knowledge and third prizes in cartography and creative producing.

A performance like this is never generated by pure ability. It requires practise, perseverance and effort. That’s exactly what the boys showed by working on similar tasks at home, practising group tasks during lunch breaks and using every free minute they found between classes to solve a problem or three. Strenuous preparation and utmost dedication are often keys to success in life, a lesson I hope the boys have learnt through their participation. I would like to congratulate and thank Cormac Fleming, Sebastian Hadaway, Marcus Herman, Anthony Lew, Andre Mackie, Benjamin McIntyre, Blair Hunter and Cooper Ryan for representing the College in an extremely professional manner and successfully competing in the 2016 Da Vinci Decathlon.

Mr Shardul Kaneria
Gifted and Talented Education (GATE) Coordinator 


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